Study Guide

Interpreter of Maladies Characters

By Jhumpa Lahiri

Shukumar

Think self-involved, unmotivated grad student and you've got Shukumar in a nutshell. He's the...

Shoba

We don't get to know Shoba that much since her story is told through her husband Shukumar. What...

Lilia

Sensitive, private, intuitive: Lilia as a kid is about as sweet as they come. She's the kind of...

Mr. Pirzada

Mr. Pirzada seems like the perfect dad. Okay, sure, he can't keep the names of his seven...

Mr. Kapasi

Mr. Kapasi's a lover, not a hater. It just takes a little effort to crack his jaded exterior....

Mrs. Das

Think of all the worst stereotypes of an American suburban housewife: rich, entitled, aimless,...

Boori Ma

On one hand, you've got to sympathize with Boori Ma. She's a refugee in Calcutta who lives on the...

Miranda

Miranda is basically Jhumpa Lahiri's version of Carrie from Sex and the City. She's young,...

Dev

Dev seems to be the exotic lover Miranda always dreamed about—good looking, a gentleman,...

Mrs. Sen

Think of Mrs. Sen as the opposite of a freezing New England winter. In fact, her place is the...

Eliot

Precocious. Mature. Way beyond his eleven years. Eliot's super-observant and perceptive (which is...

Sanjeev

A little neurotic. Also kind of a neat freak. That's Sanjeev. He's the type who, instead of...

Twinkle

If you're wondering what Twinkle—Sanjeev's wife and Stanford (ahem) English grad student...

Bibi Haldar

It's hard to feel sorry for Bibi Haldar at first. Yeah, she's in a terrible state so we're...

Narrator of "The Third and Final Continent"

We may not know exactly who our unnamed first-person narrator is in the final story, but that...

Mrs. Croft

This 103 year-old lady is independent and feisty. She's wedded to her old-fashioned value system...

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